A three million dollar deal. 326 E. Broad Street, a building right next to the Greater Richmond Convention Center, has been sold to Monument Cos. which has plans to convert the building into apartments with a restaurant on the ground floor run by EAT Restaurant Group Partners. If that name sounds familiar it’s because EAT also owns Wong Gonzalez, Foo Dog, Osaka, Boulevard Burger and Brew and a few more sports around town. This is great news for a stretch of Broad that still needs a little love and attention.
A little goes a long way. Hunter Hopcroft, one of the owners behind Stock Provisions has launched a new project, Richmond Grange Project, which aims to support local farmers through microloans financed by the community. Hopcroft will be working with Tricycle Gardens to identify the right projects. Richmond Magazine has the full scoop.
The South’s golden boy shares his hidden demons. If you’ve followed Sean Brock’s rise into culinary royalty over the years (which fun fact, he once worked as Walter Bundy’s sous chef at Lemaire) you’re probably aware that he’s struggled over the years with partying. What you might not know is that earlier this year, things got so bad that close friends staged an intervention and he’s now making his clean and sober lifestyle public. The New York Times shares Brock’s journey to recovery and his new mission to bring awareness to the struggles many face in the hospitality industry.
Have you tried these food trends? The Fancy Food Show wrapped up in New York City last week and The Washington Post is highlighting nine food trends that emerged from the event, including Gochujang, African flavors, Birch water and drinkable vegetables. Have you tried any of these food trends? We want to know!
This week in long reads. Todd Kliman (yes, the writer recognized by the James Beard Foundation) wrote this great piece for Richmond Magazine on Metzger/Brenner Pass’ chef/co-owner, Brittanny Anderson and the lead up to one of Richmond’s most anticipated restaurants. Kliman eloquently showcases the chaos a restaurant faces in the final weeks before an opening and captures the spirit that encapsulates Anderson’s kitchen. She is no tyrant in the kitchen, she’s a mama bear protecting her cubs and helping bring folks through the ranks. Great read when you’ve got a good 10 minutes to sit down and take it all in.
What to add to your calendar
For when you can’t make it to SOTJ. Victory Farm hosts its farm stands on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at Forst Hill Presbyterian Church and Tuesday evenings just east of the city on Osbourne Turnpike in Henrico. At the stand you can stock up on things like green beans, kale, eggs, onions, cucumbers, arugula and more. Follow Victory Farms on Facebook for updates on seasonal produce availability.
Joining the four-pack craze. This Saturday Ardent Craft Ales will (finally) be selling its Berliner Weisse in 4-packs in the taproom for off-premise consumption. You can expect more seasonal/specialty brews to be released in the future. And bonus points, this Saturday, ZZQ is back after a two-week hiatus. Get you some BBQ and some beer and you’ve got yourself a perfect weekend.
Speaking of brews. Also in Scott’s Addition this weekend, Veil will be hosting its First Friday Movie Night. This week’s film is Wet Hot American Summer and the film hits the big screen outside (think drive-in movie minus the car, plus beer) at around 8:45 p.m.
This week in family friendly events. The 39th annual Hanover Tomato Festival. There will be food vendors, games, live music, local artisans and of course TOMATOES! I took a look at the featured tomato dishes that vendors will be serving and it looks like the fried green tomato will be the star of the show.
Brunch Market returns! If you haven’t made it to the Brunch Market, do you even know how to brunch? This go-round we’re giving you plenty of notice to add this event to your calendar. The next Brunch Market is taking place on July 16th at the Urban Roost next to Lunch and Supper. Chicken biscuits, shopping and mimosas, what more could you need? And the outdoor patio is fido friendly!